Review: Dracula – The Bloody Truth

  If I told you it was possible to put on a production of Dracula that made the audience cry with laughter would you believe me? The Le Navet Bete production company performed in their home city of Exeter from the 31st of March- 1st of April and their version of Dracula was a farcical…

Black Honey at Exeter Phoenix – 25/03/17

Still standing in for Exeter music fans’ favourite gig venue Cavern, Phoenix hosted Brighton-based Black Honey last Saturday night. Being a huge live music fan and experiencing fewer gigs in Exeter than I’d ideally like, the thought of seeing the up-and-comers live was too tempting to resist. After impressive warm-up act FREAK delivered a loud,…

Review: Bear’s Den

Bear’s Den came to the Lemon Grove a few nights ago, bringing a faultless 17-song set. During one song they even performed down in the crowd away from their mic’s .

Review: BierKeller

Razz got the chance to review the latest addition to Exeter’s nightlife, a Bavarian themed beer hall down on the quay. With cheap steins, an abundance of traditional bratwurst and salted pretzels, what more could you want?

Notes on Netflix: Operator

Operator delves into the continuing millennial concern; whether technology can surpass human interaction. This complex issue is explored through the relationship of main characters Joe and Emily, which adds a nice plot layer to the film.

Preview: Bear’s Den at the Lemon Grove (22/3/17)

British folk rock band, Bear’s Den, have unveiled a video for their new single, ‘Greenwoods Bethlehem’, which will be released on 7th April. The track is the latest to be taken from their top ten charting second album, ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’. The video for ‘Greenwoods Bethlehem’ captures some of the band’s non-stop touring…

Artists to Watch this Summer

We look at four of the most promising artists (whether solo or group) for this summer. Keep you eyes on these guys over the next few months!

Notes on Netflix: Good Kids

From the same producers as American Pie, Good Kids is lighthearted and funny, the perfect film for dreaming ahead to your summer after graduation.

Review: Bristol Dramsoc’s “A Sleepless Night”

Bristol Dramsoc arrived in Exeter on Saturday night to showcase their latest production, focused on a school girl’s experience of the night before, a feeling that we can all resonate with in some way.

Home Bake Box: Rose and Raspberry Gateau

This month’s home bake box had a decidedly valentine’s theme (a cute pastel pink cake sprinkled with raspberries and infused with rosewater notes). Deemed a ‘posh Victoria sandwich’ it’s definitely worth adding to your list of recipes, creating a fruity and rich sponge cake.

Review: The Monkey Suit

Monkey Suit is already a gem in the heart of Exeter students, but several years after opening some of the Razz committee returned for an updated review and found a huge range of offers up for grabs!

Batman Countdown

In honour of the recent onslaught of Batman related movies and media (with the Lego Batman movie being the best out of all of them, nobody can convince me otherwise), here’s a short list of collected editions of Batman comics you can find at  Waterstones, and which ones are worth checking out. Because we all…

Indulgence or Compulsion? An Afternoon with Laura Marling

Perched upon a bar stool, Laura Marling’s unmistakeably clear, nostalgic voice rings out into the Goldsmith’s Student Union, as she winds her way through ‘Wild Fire’ the second track to be released from her sixth studio album, Semper Femina. The record’s title is drawn from a Virgil line, “varium et mutabile semper femina,” which translates…

Amber Run at Exeter Phoenix, 13/01/2017

I love live music. The energy and anticipation when waiting to see the song that you were listening to in your bedroom actually performed live contribute to your sense of excitement. You share this experience with those around you, all connected by your appreciation of the music. Amber Run’s gig at the Phoenix lived up…

Notes on Netflix: The Final Girls

The Final Girls – Todd Strauss-Schulson, 2015, 15 Netflix rates it: 5/5 I rate it: 5/5 Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls opens with a clip of cheesy 80s slasher film Camp Bloodbath being watched by the leading actress’ daughter Max (Taissa Farmiga), as her mother (Malin Åkerman) attends an audition. After witnessing her mother’s death in…

You’re my Copper Valentine

A copper inspired make up look for Valentine’s Day whether you’re getting glam for a girl’s night out or having a romantic evening out – a look for whatever you decide to do!

Part One: Best of the Red Carpet

This week, ‘Musings on Menswear’ columnist Jonny Mckinnell gives us his take on this Awards Season’s hottest fashion statements…. For most of the world the start of the year can feel like a depressing time. The festive period with all its holidays, present giving and copious amounts of alcohol drinking imbues the cold weather with…

Novels to Look Out for

The literary and film talk of 2016 was Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train. This year she is following up her bestseller with another psychological thriller, Into the Water, being released in May 2017. Exhibiting more of her understanding of human instinct, Hawkins explores the deceptiveness of memory and emotion in her new novel….

Review: Poltimore Festival Launch

Now in its sixth year, Poltimore Festival has become synonymous with showcasing the very best of the Southwest music and arts scene, popping up every summer at the much-loved local landmark, Poltimore House. The 2017 event, scheduled for 28th May, got off to a flying start at the Exeter Phoenix on the 26th of January,…

Preview: Amber Run at Exeter Phoenix, 13th February

    Four-piece Amber Run are performing at the Exeter Phoenix on Monday 13th February. Joe, Will, Tom and Henry make up this rock-alternative group who are heading on a 13-date tour following the release of their second album ‘For A Moment, I was Lost’ on February 10th. The group met at school and the University…

Find your Lush Match: The Valentine’s Collection

Earlier this month Razz was lucky enough to be invited to another press event at Lush, this time to preview their Valentine’s range. Greeted by that renowned Lush smell, four lovely hosts, and a selection of Valentine’s nibbles (vegan chocolate truffles, love hearts, and Marks & Spencer’s Percy Pigs), we knew we were in for…

Review: Zips, A&E Productions

Anna Bonet reviews Zips, Simon Marshall’s latest play set in the sleepy town of Teignmouth. A tale of restlessness, coming of age, and finding your place in the world dispersed with charming metaphors.

Review: Made In Dagenham

From the 16th to the 19th January, Shotgun theatre took over Exeter Phoenix to deliver their performances of hit-musical Made in Dagenham, and we at Razz were lucky enough to be invited along to the opening night. As the auditorium filled with a quiet buzz, the stage was clearly set with a gritty, minimalist collection…

Preview: Footlight’s ‘The Producers’

Razz got invited to the press preview for Exeter University Footlight’s latest musical theatre piece: The Producers. Showing at the Northcott Theatre 25th-28th Jan. Buy your tickets quickly, the Saturday performance has already sold out!

Notes on Netflix: Ashby

Kathi Bundy reviews Ashby, a lighthearted comedy directed by Tony McNamara in 2015. She finds it deserves the 4 star rating given on Netflix.

Preview: EUTCO’s Animal Farm

EUTCO offered Razz the chance to catch their latest production before it runs next week at Northcott Theatre. A link to buy tickets is at the bottom of the page.

Pantone’s Colour of 2017 in your Wardrobe

Pantone’s colour of 2017 is Greenery, a colour that provides reassurance and hope after a tumultuous year. Harriet Cotmore delves into how Greenery has been styled on catwalks and considers what high street retailers might have in store for their S/S17 collections.

Sleigh, Girl: Festive Make up Inspiration

Several festive inspired make up ideas to get you through the holidays. Try the smokey eye look for New Year’s Eve and keep the fresh faced, make up look for the next day when you’re not quite feeling the party spirit for a while!

Theatre with Teeth: Love Among the Penguins review

Leigh Spence reviews ‘Love Among Penguins’, a farcical comedy set in Anartica written by Alex Thomas. The idea came to him in a dream, and since then has evolved to become a tale about misunderstanding and love.

The Last-Minute Christmas Gift Guide

Imogen Howorth guides Razz readers through some last minute gift ideas, for those who love baking, the party animals out there, the fashion fiend and that artsy friend who is impossible to buy for. We’ve got you covered no matter what!

St Ives Escape: Cohort Hostel + St Ives Surf School

As we approach the depths of winter, is there any better time to start thinking about summer escapes? As the nights draw in, the thoughts of wide sandy beaches, amazing food and late-night drinks seem all the more appealing, however all this can sound nothing short of impossible on a student budget. Luckily for us…

Winter Poetry Collection

Here is a collection of poetry written by students at the University of Exeter, all inspired by the theme of ‘winter’. Thank you to the Dead Poet’s Society for a lot of these contributions. This is in addition to the two poems selected in our print magazine which were Bebe Ashley’s “the water will take…

Bake Box: Skillet Cookies, Recipe and Review

In case you didn’t already know, December 4th is National Cookie Day. What better day to launch a new series of blog posts about baking, than today? It all started when my housemates bought me a subscription to the Home Bake Box for my 21st birthday a few weeks ago. I thought it would be…

Review: Godspell – 4.5/5 stars

I challenge you to find a greater irony than that of watching a biblical show, telling tales of love and repentance, inside of The Lemmy. I must admit straight off that I had my reservations about this musical. I questioned the extent to which I could be immersed into a story that was a) performed…

Sealed – Theatre with Teeth Review

Theatre with Teeth’s latest production Sealed is a tale with all the intrigue of a classic whodunit and all the laughs of a decent pre-drinks…albeit a pre’s with seven strangers and a rather impressive age range. The seven receive letters summoning them to a certain place at a certain time. Upon arrival they’re left to…

Palace at Exchange Bristol, 22/11/2016

From almost the first note Palace bring a sense of vitality to the Exchange; every note full and clear as it rings out into the enthusiastic audience. Fresh from the November release of their debut album, So Long Forever, Palace are much of the way through their European and UK tour dates and show no…

Feature- Have Yourself a Merry, Lush Christmas: Event and Product Review

This November, we felt extremely lucky to be invited to a Lush press event, which showcased their Winter collection. Lush Exeter assistants: Elsa, Lucy, and Adam were fantastic hosts, and had a true zeal for the products and informed knowledge on Lush’s ethical sourcing which, for us, really gave the kaleidoscope of gorgeous bath bombs,…

Four Films to Watch Before the End of Term

Nothing beats a night in and a good movie. You know those evenings: no reading due the next day and no plans to go out. Just you and your friends (or maybe just you) piled on pillows, junk food snacks, and a movie that sucks you into its world for a couple hours. But then…

Poltimore Headline Announced: Matthew and the Atlas

It’s been slowly dawning on the horizon for a few moths now. Despite the electric Poltimore Launch in January headlined by Private Agenda and the amazing musical line-up announcement just a few weeks ago, featuring artists such as Delmer Darion and The Little Unsaid, there’s been an announcement that we’ve all been waiting for –…

Review: Blossoms at The Lemon Grove 21/03/17

I’ll admit I was surprised to hear that Blossoms, a band I (among many others, critics and fans alike) consider be one of the most talented upcoming bands of the moment, were set to play at the Lemon Grove. A band for whom I had travelled to see multiple times before was playing right on…